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Lights, (in)Action

Baker City's new crypto-inactivating UV light facility is up and running


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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Chlorinated raw water enters the plant via three pipes at near left, then up, over and down to treatment in the ultraviolet light reactors before flowing up, over and down again to a holding reservoir for residential use.

By Joshua Dillen

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The final phase in Baker City’s war against cryptosporidium is complete.

Crypto oocysts in the municipal water supply are doomed. 

The city is fighting the gut-twisting bug with light.

Deadly ultraviolet (UV) light, that is. 

A new $3 million UV water treatment plant is up and running. The facility and its maiming of oocysts that may be in the city’s water supply — the oocyst is the shell that protects crypto from conventional disinfectants such as chlorine, which the city adds to its water — is the final blow to the microscopic critter.


2014 will bid a frigid farewell


By Jayson Jacoby

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If you welcomed Baker City’s balmy December as an early Christmas gift, the month’s final week might seem more like a lump of coal.

Although you’d probably like to have the coal if you had a stove to burn it in.

The Christmas Eve snowstorm might have been the vanguard of an all-out assault of arctic air that could hang around until the first week of 2015.


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